Shawn D’Aguiar To Join Debevoise as Funds Partner in London

16 April 2024

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP announced today that Shawn D’Aguiar will be joining its London office as a partner in the Funds/Investment Management Group, further building the firm’s market leading funds capabilities in the UK and internationally.

Mr. D’Aguiar’s practice focuses on fund structuring and formation. He has substantial experience advising clients in the private equity, private debt, infrastructure and venture capital sectors on a range of fund strategies, including impact and sustainable investing, emerging markets, incentive/carried interest schemes, and co-investment arrangements.

“Our marquee funds practice is a core part of the firm, and one in which we have consistently invested to ensure we provide a premium offering throughout our network. Welcoming Shawn to the team in London is the latest step in that strategy,” said Peter Furci, Presiding Partner at Debevoise. “Shawn’s arrival will further our strong positioning in the private equity market and supports our continued growth.”

Rebecca Silberstein, Global Chair of Debevoise’s Funds/Investment Management Group, said: “Shawn’s experience and ability make him a strong addition to an extremely talented team of European and UK fund lawyers. Shawn is particularly well-suited to join our globally integrated team, because he has guided, and established himself as a trusted advisor to, leading global fund managers. Whether managing scale or untangling complexity, he’s consistently delivered for his clients. We’re thrilled to be welcoming him to our team.”

Geoffrey Kittredge, European Chair of Debevoise’s Funds/Investment Management Group, said, “Shawn is widely recognized as a multi-faceted funds lawyer who advises on all aspects of fund formation, including capital raising, carry planning, separate accounts, co-investments and continuation vehicle arrangements. Our practice is built to help private fund sponsors on every aspect of their investment fund platform, and Shawn’s experience makes him an ideal fit for that approach.”

Mr. D’Aguiar added, “Debevoise has a premier reputation in the funds world, and has long been at the forefront of not only the largest matters, but often the most interesting and innovative ones too. I’m excited to join a firm known for its strong and collaborative culture, and look forward to getting started.”

Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. D’Aguiar was a partner in the investment funds practice of another international law firm in London. He is admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales, and was also admitted to the Bar in India.

Debevoise’s Funds/Investment Management Group provides a view of the market few can match. It has acted on behalf of sponsors of, or investors in, more than 3,500 private investment funds with committed capital of well over $4.3 trillion, and is widely recognized in the legal media as one of world’s premier practices of its kind. The practice is one of the largest and most experienced group of lawyers in the world, including approximately 100 corporate lawyers worldwide devoting all of their time to private investment fund formation.